We Men Who Feel Most German: A Cultural Study of the Pan-German League, 1886-1914

1st Edition

Roger Chickering

Published July 10, 2019
Reference - 378 Pages
ISBN 9780367230371 - CAT# K422100
Series: Routledge Library Editions: German History


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Originally published in 1984 this volume presents the first systematic analysis of the cultural sources of the Pan German League’s appeal and influence in Imperial Germany. It focuses on the symbolic dimensions of the League’s literature and activities, in order to explain the attraction of the League’s aggressive ideology to certain social groups. In addition it examines the relationship between the League and other patriotic societies in Imperial Germany and analyses the processes by which the organization succeeded, on the eve of the First World War, in mobilizing a broad ‘national opposition’ to the German government. The study draws on concepts from psychology and anthropology, and its documentary foundation includes archival material from both the former East and West Germany.

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